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New national swimming record for Dyke-Elliott

(SNO) — Saint Lucia’s Canada-based Ethan Dyke Elliott has taken nearly a full second off his previous best time for the 200m freestyle, setting a new age group record, and a new national record in the process. The young man was competing on Friday (March 1) for Richmond Hill Aquatic Club at the 2019 Spring Ontario Swimming Champs, hosted by ...

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Trinidad: Mr Killa wins Power Soca title; Teddyson John 2nd in Groovy (video)

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Grena­da so­ca star, Mr Kil­la has won the 2019 Pow­er So­ca cat­e­go­ry in the In­ter­na­tion­al So­ca Monarch com­pe­ti­tion. The re­sult came as lit­tle sur­prise to many as Mr Kil­la, whose re­al name is Hol­lice Jon­ah Mapp, was rid­ing high in the lead-up to the event with his pop­u­lar, ‘Run With It’ that called on par­ty­go­ers to “pick ...

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Jamaica: Education ministry warns about ‘Momo Challenge’

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Jamaica has issued a bulletin to all schools, warning that children are being exposed to “repulsive” Internet character ‘Momo’, which is symbolised by a woman with long black hair and bulging eyes. The ministry, in its notice yesterday, said the character appears in the middle of the children’s cartoon ...

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King: As an independent nation Saint Lucia should not be totally dependent on others

(SNO) — Former Prime Minister Stephenson King has said that as an independent nation, Saint Lucia should not be totally dependent on other nations. The island celebrated 40 years of Independence last Friday, and speaking to the media after the festivities, King said all citizens must come together to build the nation. “It signifies an intention, a commitment, a conviction ...

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Saint Lucia observes Self-Injury Awareness Day

(PRESS RELEASE) — In commemoration of Self-Injury Awareness Day (March 1), the Department of Health and Wellness is working to raise awareness among Saint Lucians about self-injury and self-harm. The department is encouraging Saint Lucians to be open minded about mental health and recovery. Consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Julius Gillard, said it is important that people choose be to open about ...

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Johanan Dujon nominated for Commonwealth award

(GIS) — A Saint Lucian contender is one of the nominees for the 2019 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year Award. The CEO of Algas Organics, Johanan Dujon, is set to visit London in March to vie for the award which showcases the work of outstanding young people who are leading initiatives in the Commonwealth, ranging from poverty alleviation to ...

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PWA to defray burial cost of late police officer

(SNO) — The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has taken on the responsibility of burying late police officer Tamara Charles-Laure who passed away last week. She was left paralyzed following a motor vehicle accident in 2010. PWA President Travis Chicot said the association’s Distress Fund will be used for the internment of Charles-Laure. “We expect to show our presence…” he said, ...

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Free eye care for vulnerable youth across Saint Lucia

(GIS) — Young people across Saint Lucia can now have access to quality eye care examinations, durable frames and up-to-date lens technology, free of charge. The Courts Optical Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Brighter View, seeks to deliver comprehensive eye care to young individuals facing vulnerable circumstances. The project which began in Trinidad in 2017 has expanded to Saint Lucia and will ...

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Six make Saint Lucia National Culinary Team

(GIS) — The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) has selected the official Saint Lucia National Culinary Team for 2019. The chosen six-member team will represent Saint Lucia in the annual Taste of the Caribbean Competition, one of the most prestigious culinary competitions in the region. Initially, 47 chefs from hotels and restaurants around the island participated in the ...

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Artificial leg manufacture center open in Carellie, Castries

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), through the assistance of the Australian government’s Direct Aid program, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, has officially launched a prosthetic leg manufacture center at its head office in Carellie, Castries. Four Saint Lucians—three of whom use ...

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Saint Lucia moves to standardize national flag

(SNO) — The government of Saint Lucia is making moves towards standardizing the true colors, shape and size of the island’s national flag. Head of the island’s Independence40 Committee, Tony Nicholas, said the external affairs ministry has been discussing the true colors of the island’s flag. He said a document is now being put together with the intent of taking ...

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New luxury resort to break ground in St. Lucia this year

(PRESS RELEASE) — Caribbean Galaxy Real Estate Corporation has announced it will break ground later this year for construction of the Canelles Resort, which includes Dreams & Zoetry, offering 330 beachfront rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to the South, together with an oceanfront residence with 380 apartments. The dual resorts – Dreams and Zoetry – will offer restaurants, bars, conference ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts awarded St. Lucia’s first Green Globe Gold

(PRESS RELEASE) — Bay Gardens Resorts has been awarded St. Lucia’s first Green Globe Gold member certification. Three of the resort group’s five properties have been awarded this global certification for sustainable tourism – Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn. Green Globe’s Gold Member status is awarded to members that have been certified ...

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St. Lucia to abolish corporal punishment in schools

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 1, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it is moving to abolish the use of corporal punishment in schools. In a statement, the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development said it has suspended and eventually abolish corporal punishment in schools in keeping with the many international conventions that the island is a ...

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Despite financial problems LIAT says it will continue to operate

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 1, CMC – The financially strapped regional airline, LIAT, Friday said it would continue to operate across the region and has sought to re-assure passengers that it would continue to operate in a “safe and efficient manner”. The airline’s chief executive officer, Mrs. Julie Reifer-Jones, responding to reports that the airline is facing severe financial problems ...

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LIAT has enough “cash to last for 10 days” — Trinidad PM says

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 1, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government says it seek to help the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, reduce its financial burden by possibly entering into an agreement with the state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) regarding the maintenance of its fleet, but that Port of Spain would not be injecting cash into the airline. Prime Minister ...

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PAHO urges region to prepare “timely response” for dengue outbreaks

WASHINGTON, DC. Feb. 28, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called for countries in the Caribbean and Latin America to prepare for a timely response to possible outbreaks of the mosquito-borne dengue fever. “Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes that is widespread in the Americas,” said Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of the Department of Communicable ...

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Regional rights group urge gov’ts to denounce violence on the basis of sexual orientation

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb. 28, CMC – The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) has urged governments across the region to “strongly denounce any forms of violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.” ECADE, in a joint statement with the Castries based United and Strong said that groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual ...

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IDB starts public consultation to expand procurement policies in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, CMC – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has formulated an ambitious Expansion of Procurement Policies in order to facilitate the implementation of the bank’s Institutional Strategy in Latin American and the Caribbean. On Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said the strategy “reaffirms the commitment to promote initiatives that address the main challenges of Latin America ...

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UPDATED: Latest homicide victim identified

(SNO) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a young male in Assou Canal, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet on Monday evening. The deceased has been identified as Miguel Alphonse, 22, of Assou Canal. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Monday, February 25 at a shop in the community. No further details were available. (30)(14)

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet

(SNO) — A young male has been shot in Assou Canal, Grand Riviere in Gros Islet, according to sources. The shooting is reported to have occurred at a shop around 8 p.m. tonight (February 25). Photos of the victim and what appears to be a spent shell have been circulating on social media. More details soon (27)(48)

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Police investigate discovery of human fetus in Soufriere

(SNO) — Police are investigating the discovery of a human fetus in Soufriere. The fetus was reportedly found in the Palmiste community on Monday morning. Reports are that it was in the early stages of development, however this has not been confirmed. There are no reports of arrests in the matter at this time. More info will be published when it ...

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Gov’t officials break ground for start of HIA Redevelopment Project

(PRESS RELEASE) — Sunday, March 24 marked a significant day for Saint Lucia and its development efforts as government officially broke ground for the commencement of the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project. The HIA Redevelopment Project is the largest infrastructural project undertaken by the government of Saint Lucia and the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), and seeks ...

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Julien Alfred blazes new indoor national record!

(SNO) — Saint Lucian sprinter Julien Alfred set her latest national record over the weekend, as the 2019 Big 12 Conference Championships concluded on the Texas Tech University campus, in the Sports Performance Center at Lubbock. Turning 18 this year, the reigning Commonwealth Youth Games champion and Youth Olympics silver medallist in the women’s 100m, got her long-anticipated indoor career ...

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PM Chastanet calls for recognition of ordinary Saint Lucians

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has made a call for the recognition of ordinary Saint Lucians who go about their daily business, despite their “individual hardships”. In his Independence speech last Friday, he described such people as “our soldiers of patriotism”. “These are the people to be celebrated,” he stated. “The every-day people who understand that Independence came with a ...

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Cacao bludgeon La Guerre in Babonneau cricket

(SNO) — Centuries by Dhan Raj Cepal and Jamal James helped Cacao to pummel La Guerre by 304 runs at the Balata Playing and Garrand defeated Fond Assau by four wickets at the Des Barras Playing Field as two matches were played in the Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, National Lotteries Authority Babonneau Super 40 Overs Competition on Sunday February 24, 2019. ...

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Caribbean to experience less rainfall over the next three months

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 25, CMC – Caribbean countries have been warned that the rainfall over the next three months may be “drier than usual” in some islands, resulting in a progressive increase of wild fires. The Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF), in its latest Caribbean Climate Outlooks released here Monday, said with weak El Niño conditions forecast to persist, ...

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Former regional leaders opposed to use of force to end Venezuela crisis

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 25, CMC – Five former Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders say while they acknowledge the need for humanitarian aid to Venezuela, they are against such assistance being politicised. In a joint statement, the five former leaders, PJ Patterson of Jamaica, Lester Bird of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Kenny Anthony of St. Lucia, Owen Arthur of Barbados and Said ...

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BREAKING NEWS: 50 for Kimani on debut!

(SNO) — Eighteen-year-old Kimani Melius got his first-class cricket career off to a fine start with a circumspect debut 50 in tough batting conditions. Turning 18 in January, and having been named Saint Lucia’s Junior Sportsman of the Year for the second year in a row just last weekend, the Babonneau Secondary student made his West Indies Championship four-day debut ...

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Legislative speaker arrives in St. Lucia for independence celebration

(CNA) — Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan arrived in St. Lucia Friday to attend the nation’s 40th independence anniversary celebrations on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen. In a Facebook post that same day, Su said that the purpose of his trip is not only to represent Tsai at the independence celebrations, but to strengthen relations between the legislative bodies of the ...

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Three Saint Lucian students compete in UWI pageant

(SNO) — Three students from Saint Lucia are contestants in the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus pageant called SFK King and Queen of Hall. They are Genesis Alfred, 19, Taton David, 19, and Chrisier Emmanuel, 19. Alfred is an ecology student and will be representing the Block 8 Divas of the Frank Worrell Hall. During the pageant she ...

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Saint Lucia opposition leader proposes ‘controlled vending’ for coconut vendors

(SNO) — In light of the eviction of coconut vendors from the Gros Islet Highway by the Gros Islet Constituency Council (GICC), Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre is proposing a system of controlled vending for them. He agreed that vending along the busy thoroughfare created some measure of concern and there should be need for monitoring but questioned whether eviction ...

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Chastanet withholds comment on suggestion of Kenny Anthony for OAS secretary general

CASTRIES, St Lucia Feb. 22, CMC – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has withheld comment on a suggestion that his predecessor in office, Dr. Kenny Anthony, be considered for the post of Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS). Former Trinidad and Tobago diplomat, Reginald Dumas, has declared that Anthony would be his candidate of choice. Dumas made the ...

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Melius debuts, Edward strikes for Windward Islands!

(SNO) — Three wickets for Larry Edward and a patient, watchful start from teenaged debutant Kimani Melius left the eighth-round West Indies Championship match between Windwards Volcanoes and Barbados Pride evenly poised after the opening day Thursday (Feb. 21) at the Arnos Vale Playing Field in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines. The two sides had contrasting results in the ...

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Guyana: Pilot’s burnt body recovered

(NEWS ROOM) — Police have removed the body of a pilot, Randy Liverpool, from aircraft #8R-GHB which crash landed five minutes from the Eteringbang Airstrip, Cuyuni District, Region Seven on Thursday afternoon. Liverpool’s body was burnt beyond recognition when the aircraft crashed and exploded at about 17:30hrs. Police said initial investigations revealed that the aircraft was heading from Ekereku to ...

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Saint Lucia gunmen ‘chambered’ for Independence

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Shooting Association is ‘chambering’ for its 2019 Independence tournament, to be held Sunday, February 24 from 10 a.m. at the Bordelais Shooting Range, Dennery. Licensed firearm holders, agencies, companies, clubs, civilians, associations, federations, security, law enforcement, and police shooters have been invited to participate in its Independence National Target Tournament 2019. The tournament is open ...

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St. Lucia to host natural-medicine humanitarian clinics in March

(PRESS RELEASE) — A delegation for the World Organization of Natural Medicine’s (WONM) Clinics for Humanity will visit St. Lucia from March 20 to March 29, 2019. The delegation will be headed by World Organization of Natural Medicine President, Dame Dr. Sheila McKenzie. WONM-Clinics for Humanity is operated in collaboration with the Sovereign Order of St. Paul Canada and the ...

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Guyana: Pilot dies in plane crash at Eteringbang

(DEMERARA WAVES) — The pilot of a privately-owned single-engine plane died Thursday evening when the aircraft exploded on landing at the Eteringbang airstrip in western Guyana, sources said. He has been identified as Captain Randy Liverpool, a former Air Traffic Controller. The Cessna 206, bearing registration 8R-GHB, is owned by Fenix Aviation. This is the second crash in less than ...

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BREAKING NEWS: One dead in Guyana plane crash

(NEWS ROOM) — A single-engine aircraft on Thursday crash landed at the Eteringbang airstrip in Region Seven, reportedly exploding and killing the pilot onboard. Residents in the area reported that the single aircraft was noticed flying at a low level over the Cuyuni River before it crashed and exploded. The pilot has been identified as Randy Liverpool but it is ...

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Local banana farmers get Taiwanese help to “stabilize income”

(SNO) — Banana farmers in Saint Lucia, impacted by Tropical Storm Kirk, are getting assistance from Taiwan to stabilize their income, according to a press release. This is being done by the Taiwan Technical Mission in collaboration with the Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, through the distribution of over 20,000 seedlings of short-term fruit and vegetable ...

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Saint Lucia mourns police officer Tamara Charles-Laure

(SNO) — Members of the local media and law enforcement fraternities, and the wider Saint Lucia community, are mourning the death of police officer, Tamara Charles-Laure. Tamara, who was left paralyzed by a motor vehicle accident in 2010, reportedly passed away in hospital Thursday morning, Feb. 21, according to law enforcement sources. She was well known for her works as ...

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PM Chastanet hosts retreat for Saint Lucian ambassadors

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has hosted a two-day retreat for Saint Lucia’s ambassadors as part of the government’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of Independence. Chastanet said he took the opportunity on Wednesday to welcome the ambassadors home to “help discuss the challenges, opportunities as well as the successes in our various embassies and consulates”. The prime minister ...

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Anse La Raye youths produce film on factors contributing to violence

(SNO) — Fifteen young people from Jacmel, Millet, Roseau and Vanard — communities in Anse La Raye — have come together to produce a film which identifies and depicts the key risk factors contributing to violence in their communities. The film was done after they participated in a two-week community film-making project. It will be screened at the Parish Church ...

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New primary grade assessment framework for OECS school

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 21, CMC – Parents and students in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are being urged to get fully acquainted with the new primary grade assessment framework developed by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). “For a long time there have been calls for some sort of standardization. Many teachers are not sure about the ...

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OECS population urged to participate in sentencing guidelines for Eastern Caribbean Court

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 21, CMC – The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) is urging various stakeholders, including legal practitioners, litigants, social workers, mediators, probation officers as well as the police to participate in a public consultation on sentencing guidelines for the courts in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. “The rule of law can only be maintained and strengthened ...

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Saint Lucia police want to go after perpetrators of revenge porn

(SNO) — The police in Saint Lucia are urging those who have fallen victim to revenge porn to come forward so that they can go after the perpetrators. With the advent of smart phones and social media, the problem has grown significantly, not only in Saint Lucia, but worldwide. Revenge porn is described as “revealing or sexually explicit images or videos ...

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Saint Lucia Marine Unit saves 12 people from sinking vessel

(SNO) — Quick response from the Marine Police Unit may have saved 12 lives from a sinking ship, HTS is reporting. According to HTS, the ship was traveling to Saint Lucia from Martinique when it began going under, some three miles north of Pigeon Point on Wednesday. When the Marine Unit was alerted, the reaction was swift. “We immediately dispatched ...

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Saint Lucia home fetches hefty US$15-million price tag

(SNO) — A house in Saint Lucia has been raising a few eyebrows in the real estate world because of its hefty US$15-million price tag. The property, which forms part of Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort in Soufriere, was featured by Fredrik Eklund on his Emmy-nominated hit television series “Million Dollar Listing: New York” on Bravo TV, recently. Eklund is a ...

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Saint Lucia prime minister in favour of term limits

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 21, CMC – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he favours term limits for government leaders. “I have listened to the arguments on both sides as to whether there should be term limits. I believe that prime ministers should only have two to three terms maximum in our system,” he told a radio programme here. Chastanet, who ...

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Richard Frederick’s show returns with ‘special Independence edition’

(SNO) — MBC television’s popular live talk show, ‘Can I Help You,’ hosted by former government minister and attorney Richard Frederick, will be aired tomorrow (Feb. 21) with a ‘special Independence edition’. This information was disclosed on the Facebook pages of MBC and ‘Can I Help You’ late Wednesday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if the show has returned ...

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Saint Lucia organisations to host “free” public discussion on Venezuela crisis

(PRESS RELEASE) — The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia, in collaboration with the National Reparations Committee, presents “Venezuela at the Crossroads — A Public Forum on The Crisis in Venezuela”. The discussion will be held in the conference room of the Finance Administrative Centre, fifth floor, Pointe Seraphine, on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. Featured will be contributions from ...

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Opposition Leader Pierre urges Saint Lucians to do physical exercise

(SNO) — Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has taken to social media to urge Saint Lucians to take time out for physical activity. A photo on his Facebook page, posted on Wednesday, shows Pierre sitting in front an exercise machine. “I try when possible to get some exercise and this morning was one of those mornings,” he wrote. “I enjoyed ...

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VIDEO: Saint Lucia establishing cancer registry

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Health and Wellness, with the assistance of the Saint Lucia Cancer Society, is working towards establishing a cancer registry and improving data collection of cancer on the island. As part of the efforts to establish a cancer registry in Saint Lucia, a review of the cancer data collected over the past five years was ...

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Menel wins National Song Competition for Independence

(PRESS RELEASE) — A number of competitions were launched in January by the Independence 40 planning committee. One of these competitions was a National Song Competition for Independence. A judging panel, comprising music experts in Saint Lucia, were given the task of reviewing and scoring the 48 qualifying entries received by the committee. The judges subsequently requested more time for ...

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Saint Lucians called upon to be “all in” for Independence activities

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia is now in full Independence mode as the fluttering of flags and buntings and beautifully-decorated schools and business places reflect a sense of national pride and joy. In preparation for a year-long celebration of the 40th Independence anniversary, a full calendar of activities was launched on December 12, 2018 as well as the theme: “All ...

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Saint Lucian named head of regional Citizenship by Investment body

(SNO) — Saint Lucian Nestor Alfred has been named the chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Program Association (CIPA), a regional body that is made up of Citizenship by Investment (CUI) unit heads of countries that have such investment programs. Alfred, who is head of Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Unit, was appointed on January 31. CIPA is a regional ...

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Suspects in Syrian national’s murder released; post-mortem result revealed

(SNO) — Saint Lucia police have released without charge, the two suspects who were in custody in connection with the shooting death of 49-year-old Syrian national and Rodney Heights resident, Souheil Wassouf, according to law enforcement sources. However, one of the suspects has been charged for the possession of drugs which were found during a search of the individual’s home, sources ...

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Wrecker will be used “without hesitation” this Independence – police

(SNO) — The police are warning motorists that they will take tough action against them if they break traffic rules in the capital during the island’s Independence celebrations on Friday. George Nicholas, superintendent of police in charge of operations, warned that the police have utilized the services of a wrecker that will be used “without hesitation when necessary”. “And I ...

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Independence boycott by St. Lucia police deterred: “I call on the members to be patient”

(SNO) — The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has put on hold a planned Independence boycott and will meet with the government to discuss outstanding wage negotiations. The negotiations are expected to come to an end in March and members of the PWA had reportedly planned to exclude themselves from this year’s Independence celebration if an agreement was not reached with ...

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Taiwan legislature president heads to St. Lucia for Independence celebrations

(RTI) — Legislature President Su Jia-chyuan is heading to St. Lucia to represent Taiwan at the country’s 40th Independence Day celebrations. The Caribbean nation is one of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies. In addition to attending Independence Day events, Su will meet with local officials, including St. Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. Su and Chastanet will jointly host a groundbreaking event for ...

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